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Old 10-21-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Hey All,

I've tried searching for an answer to this, and have so far been unsuccessful. I recently changed my stock wrx seats with a set of Recaros, and have since run into this issue. I'm not sure if it is a coincidence or what.

I haven't had a chance to do the 3.3 om resistor trick to turn off the airbag light yet. Does this affect the tail and parking lights?

They light up when I press the brakes.

I checked the fuse for the tails and it is fine. I also checked all of the bulbs, which are fine.

Any suggestions/ideas?

Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:03 PM   #2
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Check to see if they light up when you switch them on with the switch on the top of the steering column. If they work ok that way then the wiring to the lights would seem to be ok. The current to the lights from the normal light switch passes through the top switch also.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:37 PM   #3
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Just checked and the courtesy lights come on when I switch them on. But the brake lihts do not come on when I pull the e brake lever...

They lights blink when I lock the doors and unlock them.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:50 AM   #4
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The brake lights don't turn on with the emergency brake, only the brake pedal. The courtesy lights are inside the car. Did you mean to say the parking lights work ok when turn on the switch on top of the steering column? If that is ok then the trouble could be with that switch or possibly the taillight relay in the fuse panel. The trouble could also be a fuse. Many folks mistake a bad fuse for a good one on the first go around.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:01 AM   #5
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I swapped the fuse with another identical one in the fuse box(rear wiper/defroster) just to check. No luck...

I meant the parking lights, I'm sorry. That switch works.

Do you think it has anything to do with the different seats and not having that wiring harness fully plugged in yet? I do have an airbag light on right now...
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:43 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if the seat change would cause the airbag light to turn on or not. It is possible though I would think. It won't have anything to do with the rear lights though. You need to make sure the switch on top of the steering column is passing power from the light switch when it is turned on. That switch makes a connection even though it is OFF. You also need to make sure the taillight relay is working ok and you will need a test light probe at least to check those connections out. If you don't have a factory service manual for the wiring I suggest you purchase one or download the info from Subaru's website for a small amount. You can also get service info on Ebay.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:50 AM   #7
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Thanks for your help so far. Where is the tail light relay located?
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I think it is in the dash fuse panel.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:58 AM   #9
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I had a similar problem tonight. As the local police officer pointed out to me.

My rear brake lights are not working, unless pressed. I don't think my running lights via the switch are doing anything either.

But here's where I think things got fouled up:

It's 23 degrees outside, and I put my e-brake up while I was at church for an hour. After getting back into my car, my e-brake was entirely frozen. And regrettably, I had to break it free by driving. Not the first time this has happened. =(

BUT, even though the e-brake light is off- I'm wondering if the fact that the brakes are stuck is causing my issue. I noticed on my 2002 WRX that the brake lights go OFF if I engage my e-brake. Even while driving.

Food for thought,

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I don't think that the brake lights should turn off using the E-brake. The fuses need to be checked for the running light trouble.
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No, they probably shouldn't. But mine seem to.

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Old 12-26-2010, 06:06 PM   #12
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I foolishly left a connected unplugged when I installed my turbo timer.

All is well again.

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Mine are working now. It had something to do with the courtesy lights button on top of the steering column. It got pressed between on/off.
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Mine are working now. It had something to do with the courtesy lights button on top of the steering column. It got pressed between on/off.
The normal power to the lights runs through the switch contacts in the OFF position. When the switch is ON power bypasses the tail light relay.
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Iím having the same issue now with my 03 impreza I just bought. PO has wired tail lights and tag lights to an accessory charger via the cigarette lighter plug. The lights work as long as I remember to plug that in but Iíd like to get the car back in proper operating order and Iím not sure where to start with all this. My dash lights and front marker lights do not work with the headlight switch or parking light button on top of the column. I have a multimeter and Iím hoping someone can tell me where to start testing to figure out what is going on here
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